Using Web 2.0 Tools to Motivate and Manage Students

Learn how to use a variety of simple, yet powerful, Web 2.0 tools that will help you manage student behavior as well as motivate students, focus their attention on learning, and do it in fun and engaging ways!  Many resources discussed in this course integrate with Google Apps for Education and/or Chrome.  

Course Details

Audience Classroom teachers and specialists, grades K-12 
Level Beginner & Intermediate
Instructor Donna Gath Criswell, M. Ed.
Dates February 3, 2020 – March16,  2020 (break for February vacation)  
Earn 12 hours of certificate of participation
Location Online
MassCUE Member Cost $150
Non-Member Cost $190
Limit 15 participants
Prerequisites Basic computer and Internet skills
Graduate Credit (Optional) At the first class, participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125. All participants, including those who do not opt for graduate credit, will receive a certificate documenting the number of course hours attended. 

Donna Gath Criswell

Donna Criswell has been and Instructional Technology Specialist for many years, most recently for the Sudbury K-8 district.  Donna believes that putting the tools into the hands of both teachers AND students, letting them learn through play, is key to ensuring successful and seamless integration and adoption.  Donna has presented at numerous conferences throughout the area.  She provides professional development for the EDCO Collaborative and Framingham State University.  She was invited to participate in Intel’s “Teach for America”, Teach Advanced Online seminar in the UK in 2012 and was a teacher leader for the Massachusetts New Literacies Institute in 2010 and 2011.   




Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  1. Utilize technology tools to build a rich classroom community
  2. Utilize technology to motivate all learners in a variety of modalities
  3. Utilize technology to help assess and manage student understanding 

Session 1: 

You will learn how to use the free online tool called Padlet as well as QR Codes to create virtual dipsticks, tickets to leave, for collaborative note taking, activators and other curriculum related ‘walls.’  QR codes will help your students become more independent learners in the classroom. 

Session 2: 

You will learn how to use ClassDoJo to help manage student behavior and activity in your classroom.  You will add your own students, learn how to award progress, how to see results/data, and finally, learn how to use this tool for a wide variety of purposes in the classroom.  

In this session we will also use a backchannel to share ideas of how you plan to use
ClassDoJo  in your classroom. This quick and simple conversation tool helps keep students stay focused while listening to a speaker or watching a video and more.  

Session 3: 

You will learn about a few apps and tools that let you poll kids for ideas and help in making decisions.  Among others, you will learn how to use Plickers as a student response system... no need for voting devices or 1:1 access!  Decide Now and Stick Pick are great apps that help you randomly (or not!) select students for responses or make decisions in the classroom. 

Session 4:   

Learn about programs like Socrative, Formative, Quizizz and Kahoot! as a more formal formative assessment and student response tool.   

Project Description:  

Those educators wishing to receive one credit from WSU will be creating a lesson in one of the topic areas that incorporates at least one tool and strategy learned to support struggling learners. 

This course supports the following Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards: 

Digital Tools and Collaboration

K-2.DTC.b.1 Collaboratively use digital tools and media resources to communicate key ideas and details in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains.  

K-2.DTC.b.2 Use a variety of digital tools to exchange information and feedback with teachers.  

K-2.DTC.b.3 Use a variety of digital tools to present information to others. 

3-5.DTC.b.1 Communicate key ideas and details individually or collaboratively in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains using digital tools and media-rich resources.  

3-5.DTC.b.2 Collaborate through online digital tools under teacher supervision. 

6-8.DTC.b.1 Communicate and publish key ideas and details individually or collaboratively in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains using a variety of digital tools and media-rich resources.  

6-8.DTC.b.2 Collaborate synchronously and asynchronously through online digital tools.  

6-8.DTC.b.3 Demonstrate ability to communicate appropriately through various online tools (e.g., email, social media, texting, blog comments). 

9-12.DTC.b.1 Communicate and publish key ideas and details to a variety of audiences using digital tools and media-rich resources.  

9-12.DTC.b.2 Collaborate on a substantial project with outside experts or others through online digital tools (e.g., science fair project, community service project, capstone project).

Sign Up for This Workshop

Using Web 2.0 Tools to Motivate and Manage Students
February 3, 2020, – March16,  2020 (break for February vacation)
Four online weekly sessions

Registration Deadline: January 27, 2020

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